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National Museums Scotland employs approximately 460 staff working in a variety of roles, including curatorial, building maintenance, conservation, customer care, design, exhibitions, human resources, finance, marketing and media relations. 

How to Apply

You will find a copy of the application form via a link in the advertisement for the post. When complete you should register for an account on the online jobs page (if you do not have one already) and you will be able to upload your application form there.

Please note we do not accept CVs or other attachments.

If you are not able to apply online, please contact HR Team on for details of alternative arrangements.

Completing Your Application

National Museums uses pre-determined selection criteria to assess applicant’s suitability for our vacancies.    These are detailed in the job description, person specification and competencies for the job. 

When completing your application you should demonstrate how your experience, knowledge and skills meet the selection criteria.    We recommend candidates consider using the STAR approach when writing their application. 

STAR stands for:

  • Situation: Describe the background or context.
  • Task: Describe the task or challenge you were faced with.
  • Action: Explain the action you took, and how and why you did it.
  • Result: Describe how it ended, what you accomplished and what you learned from the situation. Relate the skill or ability you’re illustrating back to the vacancy you’re applying for and explain why it’s useful.

There are many useful STAR resources available on the internet.

Selection Events at National Museums Scotland

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event.   The expected date of the selection event is published in the advert and general information.

Selection events are:

 ·        criteria based – designed around the skills, knowledge and experience required for the post set out in the job description, person specification and competencies for the post. 

·         consistent - all applicants are given the same opportunity to demonstrate their suitability to the assessors.   We do this by asking all candidates the same interview questions and asking them to undertake the same selection exercises in the same way.

·         evidence based -  recruitment decisions are based upon what an applicant tells us in their application form or interview or demonstrates to us in the selection exercises.   This should be based on real examples from their work history as opposed to hypothetical ones.     We gather evidence by using a range of selection exercises such as inbox exercises, role play, written exercises, prepared questions, portfolio assessment, submission of published research, floor walks, data analysis, object handling, etc.  

All selection events will include an interview and at least one assessment.

The STAR approach is useful in preparing for a selection event.

Equal Opportunities

National Museums is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and avoiding unlawful discrimination in our employment practices, policies and procedures, including in how we recruit and promote.

All applicants are required to complete Part 1 of our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.   This is because we need to be able to contact you to update you on the progress of your application.  We also ask you also to complete Part 2 of the Equal Opportunities monitoring form.   You are not required to do this but it would be useful if you would because it helps us in monitoring the effectiveness of our recruitment process.  

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


We welcome applications from applicants who are disabled.

The Equality Act defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment which as a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.

We recognise that a disability can be immediately apparent if someone is blind or uses a wheelchair and that other conditions are hidden such as a heart condition, a mental health condition, epilepsy, diabetes, etc.

Disabled applicants have the right to reasonable adjustments to enable them to participate in the selection process.

If you need support to help you apply online, or you require our application in a different format please contact the HR Team.

If you are shortlisted to attend the selection event, you will be asked to advise if there are any reasonable adjustments you need to help you take part.

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